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Making Your House Peaceful | Household Chore List

Whether twelve people or only two reside in your home, creating a household chore list and designating when each job Making Your House Peaceful | Household Chore List | Dirty dishes pots and pans sit on a kitchen counter.ought to be done goes a long way toward making your house peaceful.

We brought up four children in our tiny home, while homeschooling to boot! Needless to say, our living space quickly became cluttered and dirty! To save my sanity, a “fix-it-and-forget-it” household chore list HAD to be created! And, after years of experimenting, my kids and I finally produced a chore chart that was EVERGREEN, meaning, its schedule of rotating chores resets itself every four weeks. Our kids were ages 7 to 16 by then.

According to Amy McCready of PositiveParentingSolutions.com, “Not only is it important for your sanity, it’s important for kids to learn important skills (like cleaning toilets and folding laundry) that they’ll need later in life.”

I printed our “fix-it-and-forget-it” chore chart, used colored pencils to indicated which child was assigned which chore (four kids = four colors), slipped it into a clear plastic page protector, put it on a clipboard, and placed it next to our office printer for easy access.

Every daily chore was assigned to someone each day.

Every weekly chore was assigned to someone each week.

Every biweekly chore was assigned to someone biweekly.

And every monthly chore was assigned to someone each month. All in one place.

Amazingly, we used that same piece of paper, in its same plastic page protector, on that same wooden clipboard for two years!
Making Your House Peaceful | Household Chore List | The black silhouette of clothes on a clothesline.

Where It Began

As I think back to the start of our chore charting journey, I realize that I came into using the “fix-it-and-forget-it” chart accidentally. Back then, I was reprinting the chore rotation chart every four weeks until there came a time when I didn’t have time to create a new 4-week chart AGAIN! So, I found myself crossing out the dates we’d just finished and adding the current dates. For two months, I did this, thinking to myself that I really should make time to go back and do it “right”.

Don’t Need To Re-Do It

Then an idea came to me! Since the only change needed was the dates, and the kids just stayed on the same schedule of 4-week rotating chores, all I needed to do was pencil in the new dates of the next four consectutive weeks. AND I WAS DONE!

Rinse and repeat! Every four weeks.Making Your House Peaceful | Household Chore List | A teenager in a baseball cap sprays a car with a water hose and rubs it with a cleaning cloth.


Laura’s “FIX-IT-AND-FORGET-IT” EVERGREEN CHORE CHART

Step One – Make a List

Write down every household chore that ever needs to be done at your house. Think of indoor chores, outdoor chores, big chores, small chores, basement, attic, and garage chores, vehicle maintenance tasks, and pet chores.

Step Two – Designate Frequency

Designate how often each chore needs to be done – either daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly, semiannually, or annually.

Step Three – Number the List

Next, number this list. We had forty-one chores, so our chore list went from 1 – 41. It looks like this:

  1. Wash inside and outside of refrigerator
  2. Clean fansMaking Your House Peaceful | Household Chore List | A smiling boy holds a broom.
  3. Wash dishes and kitchen
  4. Laundry
  5. Sweep house floors
  6. Sweep porches
  7. Empty trash into kitchen can
  8. Tidy house and porch
  9. Defrost freezerMaking Your House Peaceful | Household Chore List | fog and fallen branches strewn across the ground
  10. Wash RV
  11. Rake yard
  12. wash trash cans
  13. Scrub front and back doors
  14. Clean windows inside Buick, Suburban, and RV
  15. Vacuum inside Buick
  16. Vacuum inside Suburban
  17. Scrub and black RV tires
  18. Wash RV blankets
  19. Clean and straighten office supplies cabinet
  20. Clean and disinfect bathrm sink and counter
  21. Dust
  22. Wash house floors
  23. Clean yard of sticks and toys, etc.
  24. Wash mirrors and windows
  25. Arrange bookshelves
  26. Vacuum in house
  27. Empty and wipe toaster
  28. Clean and disinfect toiletMaking Your House Peaceful | Household Chore List | A colorful drawing of four bookshelves with messy books
  29. Scrub and disinfect tub and its walls
  30. Wash Buick
  31. Wash Suburban
  32. Remove outside cobwebs
  33. Remove inside cobwebs
  34. Scrub and black Buick tires
  35. Scrub and black Suburban tires
  36. Clean and disinfect RV sinks and toilet
  37. Sweep and vacuum inside RV
  38. wash RV linens
  39. Dust inside RV
  40. Take out Tuesday trash
  41. Check cars’ fluids and tire pressures

Step Four – Assign Chores

  • Consider the age and ability of each person who’ll do these chores.
  • Consider the frequency that each chore needs to be done.
  • Designate who will be assigned each chore.

Step Five – Make a CHORE CHART NUMBERS PAGE

On a separate piece of paper, list the numbers 1-41 (the number of total household chores) in a single row. Put four rows just like this one on your one sheet of paper.

Four rows of numbers work well, because each row represents one week of chores. Since four weeks represent approximately one month, monthly chores come due again every fourth week.

See my video for a complete demonstration and explanation

I put double spaces between the rows, leaving lots of space for penciling in dates and for marking with my colored pencils.

 

Step Six – Give Each Row a Date

Give dates to your rows of numbers. These four rows will be used for four weeks. Therefore

  1. Write Sunday’s date next to row one.
  2. Write the following Sunday’s date next to row two.
  3. Then the next Sunday date at row three.
  4. Then the fourth Sunday date at row four.

(When those first four weeks have passed, you’ll pencil in the next four Sunday dates to start the next four-week cycle.)

Step Seven – Give a Color to Each NumberMaking Your House Peaceful | Household Chore List | twenty-two colored pencils arranged in a circle

Color week one’s numbers (those in the first row) according to which child will do which chores for the week. Do the same for weeks two through four.

Place the HOUSEHOLD CHORE CHART LIST together with the CHORE CHART NUMBERS PAGE where it is easily accessible.

Rows of Numbers Explained

Here’s an explanation on how it works. In my video, you can see this in action.)

  • Purple = our 7-year-old’s chores
  • Blue = our 10-year-old’s chores
  • Green = our 13-year-old’s chores
  • Red = our 16-year-old’s chores

 

  • The first row (or column) of numbers is for the first week of the month; I pencil in the Sunday date for that row.
  • The second row (or column) of numbers is for the second week of the month; I pencil in the Sunday date for that row.
  • The third row (or column) of numbers is for the third week of the month; I pencil in the date for that row.
  • And I do the same for the fourth row.

 

The easiest chore of all, chore #7, is “empty trash into kitchen can”. Therefore, our 7-year-old was the only person assigned to that chore. It’s done daily and every week. Obviously, she was never assigned the chore of “remove outside cobwebs”, or other difficult jobs, because she was not big enough!

Chore number 9, defrost freezer was assigned once a month; our two youngest worked this chore together. (Note the two colors for chore #9.)

The RV was used as a bedroom for our 16-year-old, so she was continuously assigned chores #36 – #39, cleaning inside the RV.

Chores #10, #11, and #17 are hard, time-consuming chores. The six of us all did these when our schedules allowed. That’s why these numbers don’t have a color designation.

Tuesday trash, chore #40, went to only two children. On even-numbered months, one child did it every week; on odd-numbered months, the other child did it. This made it easier to remember who was on duty on any given week.

 

NOTE: Every child, including our 7-year-old, was capable of doing chore #4, the family’s laundry!

Making Your House Peaceful | Household Chore List | A kitten in a dress looks frustrated and is hanging clothes on a clothesline.

 

I think some reasons this chore chart worked well in our family is that it was fair and predictable. Everyone knew what to expect regarding chores, and nobody was getting stuck with something for too long! Even if someone despised his or her current chores for the week, it only lasted a week, then someone else would get them next week. I tell my kids all the time, “Everything is only for a season.” We can tolerate the disagreeable things in life better when we have that attitude.

I love the chart, because I didn’t have to put time and energy into creating a new schedule for chores, EVER! (Well, at least for a couple years!)

We did not include parents on this chore chart, as parents had plenty of work to do outside of household chores!

If you want advice regarding proven strategies to get your kids to follow your instructions, read my post called Sibling Rivalry Solutions or visit PositiveParentingSolutions.com.

 

 

Conclusion

What do you think? Would this household chore list help in making your house peaceful? Did I even explain it well enough for you to understand it? If not, please ask for clarification.

My heart goes out to families, and especially home school families, that struggle with organizing and running an efficient home. I truly hope my “fix-it-and-forget-it” chore chart will help.

Making Your House Peaceful | Household Chore List | Mom and five kids; everyone is smiling.

Peace and blessings to you and your family,

Laura

 

 

 

Laura

6 Comments

  1. Hi Laura, you have a beautiful family! It is very nice to be able to learn the very important skill of staying organised. I myself have a family of four and I know exactly how to lose sanity fast if not following some house rules! You are teaching a very important skill here that will benefit a lot of people wherever we are. Thank you indeed.

    • Thank you , Eric for stopping by and for your kind words.

      I agree with you that learning the skills involved in household chores is a valuable experience for every child. It’s so fulfilling to a child when he knows that his contribution is valuable. These skills benefit into adulthood. Amy McCready, a child-raising expert, agrees with this opinion. (Check out her link in the above post.)

      My EVERGREEN chore chart provides a fair, consistent schedule for the work that needs to get done. My home is more peaceful, because it helps is all know what’s expected. I hope it helps yours, too.

      Laura

  2. Hi Laura,

    Teaching kids the value of work and how to take care of themselves by developing chore expectations is very valuable to them and a Godly example. God loves hard workers.

    Your “FIX-IT-AND-FORGET-IT” Evergreen Chore Chart seems like pure genius, however, your video said ‘unavailable.’ I was really looking forward to seeing your video.

    I think the idea of rotating the chores is a great idea since no one gets stuck with doing the ‘bad’ chores for more than a week.

    You seem like a really great and smart Mom. Your beautiful family is very blessed to have you.

    • Whoops! Thanks for the heads-up! I fixed the video, and it’s available once again.

      And thank you for your kind words.

      I agree with your opinion that chores are valuable learning experiences. I’m leaning toward calling them “family contributions” now, because chores are important for keeping a family running smoothly. Can you imagine trying to do all the tasks required in a househol of six people, but without anyone else contributing to the effort? I can’t! (Neither can I take credit for that phrase; I learned it from Amy McCready of PositiveParentingSolutions.com.)

      I’m glad you stopped by. Please come again soon.

      Laura

    • You’re very welcome. I realize my written explanation for creating and using the EVERGREEN fix-it-and-forget-it chore chart is difficult to visualize. I knew I had to make a video to fully explain the details. I hope it was effective. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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